What People are Saying


On the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans

"The Saenger Theatre is once again the crown jewel of Canal Street and its rebirth is a significant moment in New Orleans' continuing recovery from Hurricane Katrina."

– Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans mayor

"Analysts tell us that for every $1 we invest in this program, we generate $3.22 in economic activity and revenue."

– Bobby Jindal, Louisiana governor, with regards to the use of State Historic Tax Credits on the Saenger Theatre


On the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio

"They just don't build theatres like this anymore!"

– Tony Bennett, singer

"This is a most extraordinary and magnificent theatre. I've never seen anything like it!"

– Barbara Bush, former first lady

"The Majestic and Empire Theatres have served as the anchor to San Antonio's urban revitalization. The vibrancy and beauty of our downtown were aided in great part by the redevelopment of these theatrical treasures."

– Jocelyn L. Straus, Las Casas Foundation founding chairman


On the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn (under development)

"We're on our way to making this dream come true."

– Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough president, on the redevelopment of the Kings Theatre

"Through the RFP process, we have identified ACE as an entity with substantial expertise in theatre restoration and operation."

– Seth W. Pinsky, New York City Economic Development Corporation president

"ACE has the experience and know-how to restore the building beautifully and to run a financially successful performance arts venue."

– Peg Breen, The New York Landmarks Conservancy president

On the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans

"The restoration of New Orleans' Mahalia Jackson Theater is a symbol of new life for the city following the devastation of 2005, but in these difficult economic times, it is also a symbol of hope and faith in the future on the part of a forward-looking artistic organization."

– Placido Domingo, tenor

"The arts are crucial — they are synonymous to New Orleans. We've proven that arts and commerce can work together. This theater will be a great revenue source for the city too."

– Patricia Clarkson, actress and New Orleans native